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  • Back-to-Back

    Mobile, Ala., better be ready because a Marion County contingent will be taking that city by storm again this summer when Paige Wilson competes in the Distinguished Young Woman competition.

    Wilson won the state competition Saturday evening.

    And, she's following familiar footsteps.

  • All God's people

    Scores of people gathered at the Lebanon Post Office Sunday afternoon. Before they started a march to Lebanon First Baptist Church, Maria Bell, president of the United Concerned Citizens Organization, reminded them why they were there.

    "We're here today to show respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," she said, later adding. "He was a man, a man who stood up for what he believed in."

  • All God's people

    Scores of people gathered at the Lebanon Post Office Sunday afternoon. Before they started a march to Lebanon First Baptist Church, Maria Bell, president of the United Concerned Citizens Organization, reminded them why they were there.

    "We're here today to show respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," she said, later adding. "He was a man, a man who stood up for what he believed in."

  • Hilltop Tavern damaged by fire

    A weekend fire left the Hilltop Tavern a little worse for wear.

    "I wouldn't say the building was condemned, but it will take a bit of work to repair," Loretto Fire Chief Tony Hamilton said.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of a fire at 6350 Holy Cross Road at 2 a.m. Sunday. The Loretto Fire Department and the New Hope Fire Department also responded to the scene.

    By 2:35 a.m. the firefighters had the flames under control.

  • Tourism taxes $11,000 delinquent

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is waiting to receive $11,000 in delinquent taxes, interim executive director Wayne Keen reported during the commission's Jan. 9 meeting.

    This was down from the previous month's delinquent tax estimate of $19,000.

    Five restaurants and one temporary concession vendor remain more than two months delinquent on turning in restaurant taxes collected by their businesses.

  • New face of tourism

    Nicky Reynolds didn't set out to have a career in tourism, but that's exactly what happened, thanks in part to a job she had in college working for the National Parks Service.

    "Honestly, at the time, I couldn't have told you that I knew that I was in the tourism industry," said Reynolds, 33. "I just knew that I had a job and I enjoyed it."

    After college, she accepted a part-time position with the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • First-grader recovering from fall

    A West Marion Elementary School student returned to school one day after falling from gym bleachers before classes started Jan. 11.

    West Marion Principal Benji Mattingly said the student, a first-grader, may have been leaning on a rail on the bleachers when he fell from the third or fourth bleacher and hit his head on the floor.

    "I don't know for certain, but the railing may not have been in the loop the correct way. When it fell, he fell," Mattingly said.

  • County services affected by MLK holiday

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 20. because this is a holiday for county employees, county services will be affected.

    There will be no garbage pick-up Monday. Instead, sanitation crews will run a double route on Tuesday. Residents are asked to put their trash out early on Tuesday for this reason.

  • Wilson wins Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman

    For the second consecutive year, Marion County's Distinguished Young Woman has become the Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman.

    Paige Wilson won the 2012 state program Saturday evening at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Wilson will go on to represent the state in the national program later this year.

    Marion County's Christine Mattingly was the 2011 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman.

    Look for more about Wilson's win in the Jan. 18 print edition.

  • Marion County schools will be closed Friday

    Marion County schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 13, due to hazardous road conditions.